Sinterklaas is real! Legend has it that a man named Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands each year in mid-November by steamboat from Spain, moving from town to town, delivering candies to nice children. Much like our Santa Claus, which, wiki says, is derived from Sinterklaas. Today, coming out of the bathroom, I saw two boxes […]

It’s holiday in Manila, but I am in Stadscafe van Kinsbergen for my first business meeting here since I arrived in the Netherlands on Nov 4. I haven’t really been successful in my pursuits to organize business sessions where I can pitch my company and my country, the Philippines, to potential investors from this country. […]

Black, white, asian, middle-eastern, dutch. The church was full of all colors, even sizes. My 10-month old nephew could probably understand the homily more than I. Yesterday was my brother-in-law’s birthday celebration. The house was full of all characters–karaoke singers, karaoke dancers, Filipino couples, Filipino-Dutch couples, Filipino couple soon-to-be married, Filipino teenager raised in Holland, […]

Apeldoorn, The Netherlands We went out, three degrees outside, for the first time since I got here. There was a nearby shopping strip — Mango, Zara, and the local Dutch brands. We set out to look for these items, the only I items I target, take note, target, to buy while in Europe. This means everything in […]